Steppenwolf’s Late Night @ Garage Rep announces line-up

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Steppenwolf Theatre has announced the line-up for its Late Night @ Garage Rep, a series of cross-genre performances that will run Thursday nights during Garage Rep 2014, starting March 6.

The full schedule is as follows:

± March 6: Salonathon @ Steppenwolf in “Say My Name,” hosted and curated by Jane Beachy, with DJ Swaguerrilla. Salonathon is a home for underground, emerging and genre-defying works. It seeks to cultivate and showcase boundary-pushing creative acts that have no natural landing place, and to put them in a fun, inclusive, rigorous atmosphere. Since July 2011 it has run as a weekly series on Monday nights at Beauty Bar in Chicago, as well as producing and curating in larger venues for one-off events and short-form series. Swaguerrilla is Salonathon’s house DJ. Visit facebook.com/salonathon for more information.

± March 13: “Duo: 1 Is 1, 2 Is Math,” a play with music with with book and lyrics by Bill C. Thomas and music by Elizabeth Doyle. Directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Robert Breuler, and featuring Suzanne Petri as She and Roger Anderson as He, the show is being billed as the sophisticated “I Do! I Do!” marriage musical for the new century. The story follows a couple (Petri and Anderson) from their first meeting through their marriage , with the ups and downs of their relationship as they move through their life together — growing, moving and changing until they discover “Why We Stuck.” Visit www.duothemusical.com fore more information.

± March 20: Young Chicago Authors present “The ’Go Live: A New School Variety Show,” hosted by Kevin Coval. Young Chicago Authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education. It offers free weekly programming, workshops and in-school residencies throughout the city of Chicago and Chicagoland. Since 2001, YCA has been the home of Louder Than A Bomb, now the largest youth poetry festival in the world. Visit www.youngchicagoauthors.org.

± March 27: “Wiggerlover [whiteboy+blackdad=greyareas],” featuring James Anthony Zoccoli, with DJ Gregor Mortis. The totally (too-good-to-be-true) true story of one boy’s life in an interracial family in Chicago 1979. Zoccoli [JAZ] gives a retrospective account of his life as little Jimmy, a half-Italian, half-Polish kid who wants to be all lack when his white mother gets remarried to an African American man. What is a “Wigger,” exactly? Where did the term “Caucasian” originate? What does it mean to “feel white” or “act black”? Visit facebook.com/wiggerlover.

± April 3: “Bring Me The Head Of James Franco, That I May Prepare a Savory Goulash In The Narrow And Misshapen Pot Of His Skull,” written and performed by Ian Belknap.

Writer/performer Belknap (founder/Overlord of WRITE CLUB; Wide Open Beaver Shot of My Heart: A Comedy With a Body Count), unleashes his blistering, laceratingly funny fury at “vacant-eyed polymath Franco, and the vacuous [celebrity] culture that permits him to exist.” Visit facebook.com/headlessfranco.

± April 10: Natural Gas, a group formed in 2008 as the improv and sketch extension of The Gift theater company. Its members originally studied together at the famed Second City in Chicago. Inviting new friends to play with them along the way, the ensemble performs every Wednesday night at The Gift. Natural Gas has performed in stages all over Chicago, from the historic Biograph Theater to the Annoyance, the Second City, and elementary schools and high schools alike. The members of the team are a collection of actors, writers, lawyers, and friends. Visit www.thegifttheatre.org/natural-gas.

± April 17: Chicago Dance Crash presents “Follow The Reader.” Established in 2002, Chicago Dance Crash continues its reputation as an ensemble that draws on a slew of styles from breakdance and martial arts to ballet, modern, and jazz. In “Follow The Reader,” the troupe has set itself the task of transforming the Chicago Reader into a living, dancing newspaper within 24 hours. Crash will get their hands on the paper Wednesday, and by Thursday they will take to the stage with a show filled with freshly choreographed pieces, dance battles, improv contests and other antics, serving up the weekend’s pop culture with their classic athletic, entertaining style. Visit www.chicagodancecrash.com.

These Late Night @ Garage Rep performances will be staged in the Garage Theater, 1624 N Halsted, following Thursday evening’s earlier Garage Rep performances. Tickets ($5) go on sale Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. Cal (312) 335-1650 or visit www.steppenwolf.org.

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